Find this knot and many others, along with valuable tips and techniques for saltwater fly-fishing in Nick Curcione's book, Tug-O-War: A Fly-Fisher's Game.
Speed Nail Knot
1. Place a needle or similar oblect along-side the end portion of the class tippet's Bimini loop. Form about a 6-inch loop in the shock leader, lay it under the needle and Bimini loop, and pinch everything together between the thumb and index finger of your left hand.
2. With your right hand, take the right leg of the shock leader loop and wrap it over everything, the needle, the Bimini loop, and the standing part of the leader itself.
3. Take about 3 wraps working to the left.
4. Pinch the wraps together with your left hand and begin tightening the knot by pulling the right tag end of the leader. Then begin pulling the left tag end of the leader. Do not make it too tight because you have to pull the needle out.
|5. Grasp the nail knot with your left hand and pull the Bimini loop with your right hand. This will cause the Bimini knot to snug up tight against the nail knot. Finish tightening the nail knot by pulling simultaneously on both tag ends in opposite directions. Because you will be working with large-diameter mono, to tighten it properly, it helps to secure at least one of the tag ends with pliers.|
|6. Make 3 successive half hitches around the shock leader with the Bimini loop, sungging up each one tightly as you preceed.|
|7. Slip the needle out from under the wraps while holding the nail knot and Bimini firmly in place with your right hand. This will prevent the Bimini lop from slipping out through the shock leader wraps.|
|8. Grasp the nail knot with your left hand and pull on the Bimini loop with your right hand to snug the Bimini knot against the nail knot by pulling on both ends of the shock leader. To seat these wraps as tightly as possible, it helps to grab one end of the shock leader with pliers.|
|9. Make 3 seperate half hitches around the shock leader with the Bimini loop and snug each one up tightly.|
|10. Take the remaining Bimini loop and spiral it around the shock leader 4 times.|
|11. Snug these wraps tight against the half hitches. Trim the remaining end of the Bimini loop and the left tag end of the shock leader and the connection is complete.|